Q. How do I register with you to be an EXTRA?
A. Visit our How to Submit and Register page for details.
Q. How old do I have to be to register?
A. We accept candidates of all ages, but please keep in mind that people under the age of 18 have restrictions in regards to the number of hours they can work the set under the Child Labor Laws. If you are registering a youngster, remember to update their
profile every 6 months as opposed to annually, as children's details and appearances change more quickly than those of an adult.
Q. Do I need to have any prior experience as an EXTRA?
A. No,however if you are new to the industry please take some time to become familiar with the "Set Etiquette" section of this site.
In addition you may want to read through the rest of these "FAQ" to learn more about the industry as a whole?
Q. Once I have registered, how long till I am called for work?
A. This depends on any Union Affiliation, your profile, and the job I'm currently casting on. Once you complete the registration
process, an email is generated and sent to us letting us know of a new submission. Please know that is is our goal find work
for everyone who registers, but we can never guarantee work.
Q. How often can I expect to be called for work?
A. No, we are simply a liasion with a production company and you and I are both employed by them. More specifically you are employed by the payroll company they use.
Q. What is the difference between Union and Non Union Pay?
A. This depends on any Union Affiliation, your profile, and the job we are currently casting for.
Q.Will I be employed by ALOHA CASTING AGENCY?
A. This is the most common of all questions and the answer is lengthy! There is the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). Bost have similar rules and bylaws. A Film or Television show must choose to be either a UNION or NON-UNION production. One of the main rules in being a SAG or AFTRA member, is that members cannot work on NON-UNION productions.Therefore most Productions choose to be affiliated with one of these UNIONS. This ensures that they have access to the "best" actors and extras. Once or a production becomes a SAG or AFTRA Signatory (affiliation) there are Union rules the production must then follow regarding the hiring of Actors and Extras. The one that leads to the answer of this question is that on any given day of shooting the first 21 Extras on the call (50 for feature films) must be paid a UNION set wages.
Everyone else hired outside of that initial 21 people are paid a NON-UNION rate that is determined between Production and Casting. Of course it is expected that these 21 individuals are all actually UNION members in good standing, meaning they have been invited to join, paid a membership to join, and pay quarterly dues.However, for many reasons we cannot always fill those 21 "spots" with actual UNION members , so a NON-UNION person may then be paid a UNION set wage just for that day. Both AFTRA and SAG have rules on how often a person can get these "freebies" if you will, and both UNIONS only allow these "freebies" to happen a few times in a persons lifetime! After the set # of " freebies"are used up, this person must either join the UNION or only accept NON-UNION work, meaning that they cannot fill one of the 21 spots. For more information on either of these 2 UNIONS you can go to www.aftra/home or www.sag.org
Q. Will I need internet access to get job info and opportunities?
A. Yes. We deal with the hiring of hundreds of people a week. We not only depend on this website to give out information but we often use email to contact people for work. Additionally, once you are hired for a day of work, the details are extensive! We have to be able to email you maps, wardrobe information, and other important information so that you have a successful and fun day of filming!
Q. Will my social security number be needed at any time?
A. Yes. If you read the answer to "What is the difference between Union and Non-Union work" you will see the Acting Unions Productions are often affiliated with need to keep track of people who work under their "jurisdiction". The way they do this is with Social Security numbers.
On our registration page we ask for your Social Security number for a reason. Weile I have gone to great lengths to make this site secure some people may still not want to give that information online. We understand and can take it down over the phone if we ever need to pay you a UNION rate. Additionally if you are hired to work, the voucher you will be required to fill out on set will also ask for your Social Security number so that you can be paid.
Q. If you have hired me for EXTRA work in the past, do I still have to "register"?
A. No, just make sure that if you change your appearance in any way, Hair length or color, or have any physical alterations, tattoos, etc.
that will change your current photo, headshot, then you must update your photo's and any information regarding tattoos, body jewelry, or change of address, phone number, and any emails or contact info for us to get ahold of you.
Q. After I register and get the call for work what is the "process" for a booking?
A. Casting Extras is done off an Extras Breakdown. This document is adaily request of Extras that the Director has asked for. It's broken down into ages, ethnicities, looks,and the overall number of people requested. Our office takes this guideline and submits peoples profiles for review by the Director and then the "booking" process begins. First we do a database search for the matching ages, ethnicities, and looks. Next we reach out and contact the people who's profile best matches the Directors vision. Sometimes it is simply to ask if you might be available during a particular week. This is NOT a booking, but a check of your availability. Once we have a shooting schedule then you will be contacted again to confirm your day of work, this is a "Booking". This may be a few days before your work date or the day before. Once we "Book" you and give you a work date we are depending on you to show up! It is essential that if you need to cancel you call us right away, so that we may fill the required spot with another eager Extra! You will always receive an email from us the day before you work with all the important information you will need, in addition the emails asks that you call in to the office so that we can VERBALLY confirm you for the next day.
Sadly due to the nature of Television and Film Production we sometimes have to cancel work for certain days. UNION members have rules regulating the cancelation process, Non-Union people can be canceled at any time. This is rare but it does happpen for a variety of reasons and we do our best to reach you asap so that you can adjust your schedule.
Q. I have a question that was not answered here, do you have an email?
A. Yes. Any questions can be addressed to : firstname.lastname@example.org
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